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Celebrate the Roaring Twenties !

The Roaring Twenties is a free family event that is being held to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On Sunday 12 June 1920s-themed events will take place from 10am-4pm, at the Tuesday Market Place, Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, Lynn Museum, and the town hall gardens.

On the Tuesday Market Place The Ragroof Players will hold a tea dance, and DJ sets throughout the day from 10.30 to 4pm. A cocktail bar will be serving 1920s-inspired cocktails and mocktails,a 1970s Citroen van will serve cupcakes, and tea will be available. Fairground stalls will set up on the Tuesday Market Place so visitors can try their luck at games including a coconut shy, ring toss and can stack. Tokens for the games can be collected at Lynn Museum and sweet prizes will be given. Traditional stalls will sell candy floss and popcorn.

Throughout the day costumed characters will stroll around the town, bringing the fashions of the 1920s to life.

At 3.30pm at the Tuesday Market Place there will be a celebration for the Queen’s birthday including the cutting of a birthday cake, and judging of the homemade fancy dress competition. The Ragroof Players and the Bee’s Knees dance troupe will also perform.

The Bee’s Knees Dance troupe will be based on Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and their performances will include short Charleston classes for people to join in with at 10.30, 11.15, 12.30, 1.15, and 2.30pm.

During the Roaring Twenties event, Lynn Museum will be open with free admission. Visitors can get a flapper-makeover from Flamingo Amy, or try Egyptian-themed craft activities linked to the Norfolk-born archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

From 10am to 4pm in the town hall gardens visitors can watch spectacular falconry displays from Out on a Wing; meet costumed character Florence Ada Coxon, first lady mayor of Lynn; or try their hand at making tricorn and bicorn hats, or Art Deco brooches.

The town hall’s wonderful new exhibition Stories of Lynn will host talks on 1920s fashion at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, in the education room accessible via the town hall garden. The talks will last approximately 20 minutes.


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Lions Fun Day 2016


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Covent Garden street performers coming to Lynn

Granny Turismo

Granny Turismo Photo: Becky Cantrell

Covent Garden’s street performers are world-famous, and a selection of the best will be swapping London for King’s Lynn this summer.

Eleven acts will perform shows across six Saturdays from June to September, adding to an already packed programme of free events. The performers will be in Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and shows will take place between noon and 3pm.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said: “The Covent Garden street performers were such a success last year that we’ve brought them back this year.”

Vancouver Quarter Manager Abbie Panks added: “The varied mix of events and performances this year will hopefully encourage even more people to come along and see what King’s Lynn has to offer.”

The season of entertainment begins on Saturday 11 June, when Felicity Footloose and Granny Turismo perform. Felicity Footloose is a juggler, dancer and acrobat, and her show is hilarious and exhilarating. Her daredevil antics even include hanging upside down by her toes and juggling knives! Granny Turismo are the world’s first and only shopping trolley dance display team. This unforgettable act features spectacular dance routines and showcases the grannies’ delightful personalities – when these girls arrive on their souped-up shopping trolleys, everyone takes notice.

On Saturday 2 July, DynaMike brings his internationally-renowned act to King’s Lynn. DynaMike has been performing his unicycle act around the world for decades, and it’s full of head-turning tricks and dazzling stunts. Watch him warm up by juggling chain saws, before his finale which involves riding a sixteen-foot-high unicycle and juggling machete knives!

On 23 July, the streets of King’s Lynn welcome Mr Vita and Maple Staplegun. Mr Vita is a real-life cartoon whose zaniness, juggling and lively physical comedy delights audiences of all ages. This lovable, self-proclaimed ‘professional stupid’ ends his show with an explosive finale involving rock’n’roll, a motorbike helmet and a striptease. Maple Staplegun is a hula-hoop performer who’s escaped from her humdrum office life and onto the streets! Armed with her hula-hoops, office equipment and a quirky attitude, Maple draws on traditional circus ring techniques to create a melodramatic show that will leave audiences amazed and weak with laughter.

On 30 July, Akira and George Orange will perform. Akira is one of the most unusual street performers to be seen anywhere around the world. He’s based in Japan but travels the world with his art. His amazing high-energy act combines dance and DJ mixing skills, and the creation of stunning artwork – all at the same time! George Orange is an eccentric clown and slack-rope dancer, a juggler and a circus performer. His one-of-a-kind act truly is an experience not to be missed. George has toured extensively for fifteen years and has performed at many street festivals.

On 27 August, Reuben Dot Dot Dot and Betty Brawn the Strong Lady will perform. Reuben Dot Dot Dot is an Australian acrobat who defies gravity and death in stunts that must be seen to be believed! This trained gymnast performed around the world, developing a show that has humour, handstands, hat manipulation, sticky pole, hand-balancing, and crowd interaction! Betty Brawn is known around the world as the Strongest Lady Alive. She presents an exhilarating array of feats of strength as she tears thick romance novels, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains and shatters genders clichés. Betty’s show is full of her signature feats, such as spinning two grown men in the ‘Human Carousel’.

The final performances, on 3 September, are from Pandora Pink and Mr Spin. Pandora Pink presents a physical comedy act that is engaging, hilarious and absurd. She performs a whirlwind tribute to the master of physical comedy W.C. Field, to Elvis Presley, and to all things pink and box-like! Mr Spin mixes traditional juggling with Chinese devil-sticking, contact juggling, madcap antics and an incredible sense of fun. His finale involves Mr Spin on an eight-foot zig-zag unicycle juggling three baseball bats with a glass of water balanced on his head – not one to miss!

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Tornado Trail launches

tornado modelsFollowing on from the success of last year’s Spitfire trail and to celebrate the borough’s connections with RAF Marham over the last 100 years, 15 sponsored and uniquely decorated model Tornados have been positioned around the town with 24 accompanying history boards telling the story of RAF Marham.

tornado trail mapOrganised by Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch of the 42F (King’s Lynn) Air Cadets and designed in conjunction with the borough council each sculpture has been sponsored by a local businesses. Trail maps are available from King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre throughout the summer, or can be Downloaded Here.

The trail includes a prize draw competition. To enter, people need to discover the statement hidden within the displays. Each display contains one letter. For full details, please see the trail map. The sculptures will be in place until 30 September 2016.

Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch said: “We were astounded by the response to last year’s arts trail. I really hope that this year’s will be just as successful and that people will not only enjoy exploring historic King’s Lynn but will also find out lots of interesting facts about RAF Marham which has been such a huge part of the West Norfolk community over the last 100 years.”

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Celebrating The Queen’s birthday in Dersingham

Bilton at Dersingham

Bilton Silver Band at Dersingham

In honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday, the congregation of St. Nicholas Church, alongside the people of Dersingham are throwing open their doors for two special events on Saturday 11th June.

During the day, from 10am until 3pm, a Display of Village History through the last 90 years, entitled “Dersingham in the Second Elizabethan Age” will take place. Over 15 village organisations will be displaying their own history, collectively remembering the life of the Queen by looking back at their own successes throughout the last 90 years.

Daytime events include the Dersingham WI, Village Sports Clubs, the village Scouts & Guides, Horticultural Society, Mothers’ Union, the village Methodist Chapel and St. Nicholas Church itself with light refreshments provided throughout.

Then in the evening, the inimitable Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band will be returning to perform a Celebratory Summer Concert in the Church at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 per person and will include interval refreshments.

Previously heard at sell-out concerts at Christmas during the Church’s Christmas Tree Festival, the Bilton Silver band have been returning to St. Nicholas for the last 8 years, this friendship is now expanding to include this summer concert to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

More information or to buy tickets to the concert from or via telephone: 01485 544561

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National award for Hunstanton beach

Hunstanton keep britain tidy blue flagHunstanton’s main beach has been awarded a Seaside Award for 2016 by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Seaside Award recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management. Judges consider aspects such as the quality of facilities, information and presence of beach patrol as well as environmental management.

The Seaside Award Flag was received by Cllr Nockolds and Cllr Beal in Hunstanton.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’re delighted that Hunstanton will once again be flying the Seaside Award Flag in 2016. This nationally-recognised award assures visitors that when they come to Hunstanton, they’re going to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed beach”.

For more information about the Seaside Award, visit

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More added to the Hanse Festival lineup

Fabulous fireworks on the quay, finish off the day.

Fabulous fireworks on the quay, finish off the day.

The Hanse Festival will bring King’s Lynn’s medieval history to life on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May – and now even more events have been added to the schedule.

The Newport Ship mobile museum exhibition will be in the Hanse House on both days of the festival. This fascinating exhibition tells the story of the discovery, excavation and conservation of the Newport Ship, a 15th-century sailing vessel. The ship was built around 1450, and then lay undisturbed on a riverbed in Newport, Wales, for over 500 years. It is the best preserved example of a 15th-century ship ever found. Hundreds of artefacts were found during the excavation, and the mobile exhibition will have some of these on display. Visitors can learn what life was like aboard, explore the artefacts, and even press a coin similar to those found on the ship.

On Saturday 21 at 5pm, if festival-goers aren’t tempted by the live music in King’s Staithe Square, they can attend a specially organised concert of classical music. The Chanot Ensemble will perform music by Handel, Bach and Pachelbel among other composers. The concert will be in the beautiful venue of All Saints Church, Hillington Square and will be free to attend.

Hanseatic Characters is a chance to learn about some iconic Lynn figures and pioneers from Hanseatic times – as brought to life by the very entertaining Room at the Hanse Theatre Company.

Father William Sawtrey, a 14th-century parish priest, introduces his own story, which the company will act out in medieval style as a Morality Play. Sawtrey met a terrible fate as the first man in England to be burned for his beliefs. He will also relate the story of two of Lynn’s most famous residents: Margery Kempe, medieval visionary and author, and her father John Burnham, Hanseatic merchant, mayor, royal agent and MP for Lynn at the time of Geoffrey Chaucer.

The characters will be in the Reception Room at the Hanse House, with performances on Saturday 21 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are £5 per adult with accompanying children free.

And this packed day will now finish with a firework display! At 10:30pm, as the live music ends, a short firework display will be able to be viewed from the waterfront. The display has been made possible thanks to the generosity of local businesses, as it has sponsored by members of the BNI Hanse of King’s Lynn, and Whitelightning Pyrotechnics.

Cllr Nick Daubney, the English Commissioner to the Hanseatic League, said: “There will be so much going on! These events have been added to an already packed programme of a medieval parade and market, arts and crafts demonstrations, have-a-go archery, Hanse walks and talks, free live music and much more, all happening around King’s Lynn’s historic waterfront”.

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Details of Hanse Festival 2016

Another Medieval Market is planned.

Another Medieval Market is planned.

Two days of exciting events and activities have been organised to celebrate International Hanse Day and the 11th anniversary of King’s Lynn’s membership of the new Hanse on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016.

The festival opens on Saturday 21 May with a magnificent medieval parade at noon. Watch as it winds its way from the Saturday Market Place, along the High Street to the Tuesday Market Place encouraging people down to the waterfront and Saturday Market Place and the town’s historic heart.

Then, based in the Hanse House on the waterfront, activities will begin that will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday. The activities include a medieval market with minstrels, colourful characters and an ‘office’ to explain medieval trading customs; demonstrations of medieval arts and crafts; have-a-go archery, and medieval dancing.

Clifton Tower

Clifton Tower

During the festival, there will be a rare chance to see inside the incomparable Elizabethan tower at Clifton House. The owners of this historic merchant’s house are opening the tower especially for the festival.

On Saturday at 6pm, the focus of the festival moves from Hanse House to King’s Staithe Square, where an evening of live music begins. A lineup of international acts will perform until 9:30pm.

On the second day of the festival, Sunday 22 May the programme of events is even more extensive. Added to the programme will be fun activities for children at the town hall, including a special Hanse Trail that will guide young visitors round the stunning, newly-opened Stories of Lynn exhibition. Youngsters can also try their hand at traditional skills, talk to medieval traders, and help create a giant communal artwork.

Hanse Walks and Talks will explore the fascinating history of King’s Lynn’s links with the Hanseatic ports. The walks will be led by Kings’ Lynn Town Guides, and will be an hour-long tour of the town’s key Hanseatic buildings. The walks are free to attend but must be pre-booked through the Tourist Information Centre. The talks comprise two lectures on aspects of Hanseatic heritage and will be held at Marriott’s Warehouse. Tickets must be booked from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.

The Beau Bow Belles

The Beau Bow Belles

Live music will take place on Sunday in King’s Staithe Square from noon to 4pm. Well-known jazz performers The BeauBowBelles, Monica Lidke Quintet, and Kansas Smitty’s House Band will take to the stage.

At 3:30pm the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will perform at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, providing a fitting close to the festival.

Cllr Nick Daubney, borough council leader and English Commissioner for the Hanseatic League, said: “Since we began holding a Hanse Festival it’s drawn attention to King’s Lynn’s rich Hanseatic heritage, and celebrated our links with the modern league. After last year’s triumphant tenth anniversary celebrations, I’m pleased that the festival has returned once again this year. Historically the waterfront has been crucial to Lynn’s trade and the festival gets people into the area, to reflect on its past and think about its future”.

For more details on the times and locations of all the events, visit

STOP PRESS: More Added to Hanse Festival Lineup

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Crowdfunding launched for Festival Too


Festival Too are asking the public for help with fundraising for this year’s free music festival by supporting their Crowdfunding campaign.

For over 30 years Festival Too has provided free entertainment for the community, entertaining hundreds of thousands of people to date. Organised by volunteers from the community the annual event features two weekends of live music along with daytime street entertainment and a fireworks display.

Festival Too Crowdfunder Video from Festival Too on Vimeo.

Festival Chair, Bridget Nurse said: “Although the entertainment during June and July are free for the community to attend, the cost of the bands, security, health and safety and infrastructure have all risen over the years as the festival has grown. To maintain the quality of this crowd pulling attraction in the West Norfolk’ calendar, we are asking people to use our crowd funding platform for donations”

With just a few clicks, people can donate and receive various benefits from a good feeling from supporting this community event, up to VIP status and tickets to this year’s Festival Too ball.

Donating is easy and can be done via the Festival Too website, just click the button on the homepage and you will be taken to the crowdfunding page, pledges can be made from £5 right up to £500. A target of £7,500 has been set for the campaign, all funds raised will go straight into the festival running costs.

Bridget continued “We rely totally on money donated from local businesses and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, so this will be a new injection of money to sustain Festival Too’s future. The crowdfunding is only open for 33 days, until May 31st, so if you have attended and enjoyed Festival Too over the years and you are able, please do donate”

Festival Too launches on Saturday 25th June with a free firework display and music on King Staithe Square. This is followed by two weekends of street entertainment and live music on the Tuesday Market Place on 1/2/3rd July and 8/9th July.


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Picnic On The Park 2016

Picnic on the Park

Picnic on the Park

This years Picnic On the Park event in Wootton Park will include the popular Fun Dog Show, live bands and music all day

The bands playing will be Meadow Lane, Pirate Joe, Among The Citizens, Arias Echo, Simon Benefer, and Sacred Nations.

There will be Food and drink stalls and fairground rides and face painting for the youngsters. Free parking is available at North Wootton School, with a gate leading onto the field.

Picnic On The Park takes place on Saturday, May 14 from 1pm till 8pm. To navigate to this event use postcode PE30 3PT.

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King’s Lynn Samaritans Annual Bike Ride

samaritans bike rideLast year’s Bike Ride in aid of the King’s Lynn Samaritans attracted 200 riders and raised almost £5000 and this year they are hoping to do even better.

This year’s event will start as usual from the Visitor Centre at Sandringham on Sunday May 15th , registration from 09.30 am with pedals being pushed at 10.00am.

The Bike Ride takes a circular route starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre and is 14 miles long, there is a shorter 8 mile route ideal for younger riders or those of us who have not been on a Bike for a while! The course is marshalled, St. Johns Ambulance are in attendance and a Radio controlled vehicle follows the last rider so in the event of mechanical failure no-one is left behind.

Sir Henry Bellingham, who is a great supporter of King’s Lynn Samaritans, will once again be in charge of the start and will be influential in selecting the winners of the Fancy Dress competition. This year’s theme is Historical (Hysterical) Figures. Fancy dress is not compulsory but those that do dress themselves and their bikes have great fun in doing so and help create the unique atmosphere that the Bike Ride has.

Last year’s defending champions “Team Lemon”, who created a witches cauldron on four wheels complete with smoke, have already teased the organisers with the promise of “something really special” for this year’s event so it should be worth coming just to see what their imagination has cooked up.

Entry to the Bike Ride is FREE, refreshments for all riders are FREE, every rider will receive a medal and if the younger, or even the not so younger, riders would like a free certificate as well that can be arranged too.

If you would like more detail or a sponsorship form please contact Chris Livesey 01406 364765 or Jenny Storf 01553 773099

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North End Guided Walks

Pilot Street Then & Now

Pilot Street Then & Now

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum has begun its annual season of guided walks around the North End area.

The walks start from the Museum in North Street, and are led by experienced local guides all enthusiasts for the rich community history of Lynn’s North End. From medieval merchants in St. Nicholas’ Chapel, to smugglers in Pilot Street these walks are a must for anyone interested in local history.

Dr Paul Richards, Chairman of the North End Trust, says “Few tales of Lynn can rival those found in the North End, its last fisherfolk yard, historic streets and magnificent Chapel”

These walks are available every Wednesday at 2pm from May to September and every Saturday at 12 noon from June to August. Tickets cost just £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, this also includes admission to the Museum and a free drink in the pleasant Georgian tearoom.

For more information contact the Museum on 01553 770479 or email

*True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is a heritage site and town museum which tells the fascinating story of Lynn’s fishing community, of the men, women and families of the Old North End. Opened in 1991 due to the tireless efforts of Pat Midgley and the Northenders, it celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year.

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GEAR 2016 Results

Start of the race was streamed  live.

Start of the race was streamed live over the Internet.

Gear Results 2016

Full Results

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GEAR to be streamed live over the internet.

gear video cameraThis year’s Bespak Grand East Anglia Run and Mini GEAR Fun Run, will be streamed live over the internet on Sunday, 1 May 2016.

The live stream camera will be positioned at the Start/Finish line on the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn. It will capture the action as it happens for both races. The live stream will be broadcast from the homepage of the Grand East Anglia Run, at

The first broadcast will be from 09:55 to 10:15 covering the Mini GEAR Fun Run. The GEAR 10k race coverage will start from 10:40am. Over 3,500 runners are expected to cross the start line during the two races.

And for the very first time the 8 bells of the newly-refurbished St Nicholas Chapel will be rung at the start of the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run providing a festive beat to urge runners on.

One of the bellringers, Jon Benstead, explained: “For many centuries bells have been a means of communication, telling all within their hearing messages of merriment, sadness and caution. They are used to mark special occasions – weddings, coronations and funerals. In the 19th century bells were rung to celebrate the safe return of the whaling fleet.”

The Bespak Grand East Anglia Run takes place on Sunday, 1 May 2016, with the main 10k race starting at 10.45am in the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn, and the mini GEAR fun run starting at 10am. The fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town’s key heritage and retail areas.

Entries for this year’s event have broken all records and the Mini GEAR and GEAR are both closed.

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Rush for Festival tickets expected

Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett

King’s Lynn Festival organisers, delighted at the enthusiasm for this summer’s wide-ranging programme, expect a rush for tickets when the Festival box office opens on Monday. (April 25)

The packed two-week programme of 30 events being staged on July 17-30 features world-famous names from the worlds of classical music, jazz and folk plus exhibitions, films, walks and talks.

“Our goal is to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking 65th Festival and we are delighted that this year’s programme has already created a lot of interest,” said chairman Alison Croose.

“Priority booking for sponsors, patrons and Friends has been very encouraging with ticket sales up on the same period last year,” she said.

“We want to ensure the festival is accessible so we work hard to keep ticket prices at a reasonable level and we have been complimented on the modest prices for events featuring international names, said Mrs Croose.

To encourage young audiences a discounted tickets scheme for under 18s is supported by a fund set up in memory of Festival founder, Ruth Lady Fermoy.

Mrs Croose said the involvement of two major orchestras was a huge attraction – the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will launch the Festival with an exciting programme featuring magical music from the movies plus classical favourites, and the equally popular Czech National Symphony Orchestra with its celebrated conductor Libor Pesek, returns to give the final concert.

Festival artistic director Ambrose Miller said: “We have put together a top quality festival featuring major international classical musicians and stars of lighter music. There really is something for everyone.”

Emma Johnson Photo: John-Batten

Emma Johnson Photo: John-Batten

Clarinettist Emma Johnson will perform at the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert alongside the Piatti String Quartet – an event set to be a big draw.

Two musicians giving recitals in the Minster Church are already proving popular at the box office – Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, renowned for her performances of Bach’s music, and Catrin Finch, the harpist who was honoured to become Royal Harpist to the Prince of Wales when the historic title was revived 16 years ago.

Festival favourite soprano Lesley Garrett, is set to attract audiences from far and wide. Festival organisers have heard from a fan who will be travelling from Manchester especially to hear a programme including much-loved arias, songs by George Gershwin and classics from 20th century musicals. Another Lesley Garrett fan will have a much shorter journey – Gordon Eagle of Gaywood, King’s Lynn, has been a member of the Lesley Garrett Fan Club for many years and is delighted she is to make her third appearance at Lynn Festival.

Adding to the variety will be jazz stars Ray Gelato and Claire Martin plus Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, and leading names from the folk world will be The Unthanks and Lau.

Speakers include Andrew Graham-Dixon, who will give two talks, one on his current Scandinavian Art project and the other on The Secrets of the Mona Lisa. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb will speak on The Wives of Henry VIII.

St Nicholas’ Chapel with its superb acoustic will be the setting for an uplifting concert, The Glories of English Choral Music, by King’s Lynn Festival Chorus. It will be one of several events featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams 60 years after he conducted a festival concert in the chapel. A second event in the chapel is based on T S Eliot’s Four Quartets which will be spoken by actress Juliet Stevenson with cellist Guy Johnston playing selections from Bach cello suites, and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a poet and T S Eliot expert, discussing the texts.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s concert will include works by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann followed by a late-night harpsichord recital by David Wright.

The Festival visits West Acre Theatre for a Sunday afternoon concert and tea. The Alauda Quartet will provide the music and the next day will launch the series of five coffee concerts in Lynn Town Hall.

One of several events marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be the showing of Macbeth by King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club.

Featured musicians also include pianist Cordula Heiland, and music by visiting composer Toby Young will be performed by the Contemporary Consort. The Royal Geographical Society/IBG talk by Tristan Gooley will be entitled How to read water.

Tickets are available from the box office at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or online at For further information, or to request a brochure call the Festival office on 01553-767557.

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Get ready to discover the Stories of Lynn

Council Leader Nick Daubney stands by one of the stunning  new dispalys.

Council Leader Nick Daubney stands by one of the fascinating new displays. All photos: John Beck

This Easter, King’s Lynn’s stunning new attraction Stories of Lynn will open its doors to the public, inviting them to come in and discover the stories behind the characters that helped shape the town.

Set within the magnificent, newly-revealed vaulted undercroft of the 15th-century Trinity Guildhall, Stories of Lynn is a unique attraction. It combines the town’s fascinating collection of objects and its extensive and nationally significant archive and brings them to life in an interactive and multi-media exhibition.

Listen to Nick Daubney talking to us about Stories of Lynn:

Stories of Lynn - Red RegisterOpening at 10am on 25 March 2016, Stories of Lynn will welcome visitors of all ages who will be able to discover the stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who shaped 800 years of the town’s history.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said: “This has been a fantastic project that really will bring the town’s history to life. The activities of some of the town’s most influential or notorious characters are documented in the archives and their stories told through the exhibition. It is an exciting and engaging exhibition and with a programme of activities and a new app under development, its appeal should reach an even wider audience. It’s a celebration of the town’s rich history and heritage.”

Stories of Lynn - Display 1The revitalised town hall complex will act as a gateway to the town’s other heritage sites including the Red Mount Chapel, neighbouring King’s Lynn Minster, Greyfriars Tower, True’s Yard, St. Nicholas’ Chapel and Lynn Museum.

Extensive work to the town hall complex and the creation of the new Stories of Lynn exhibition has been made possible by a grant of £1,850,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £800,000 from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and investments from other funders.

Stories of Lynn - Pricelsss Treasures

Stories of Lynn

800 years of Lynn’s history
A timeline of objects immerse visitors into the history of Lynn. An exciting game teaches them about the Hanseatic League, a group of powerful trading towns and cities around the Baltic and North seas. Hanse merchants traded in Lynn, and their imprint on the town is visible to this day.

Lynn’s most celebrated characters, such as Frances (Fanny) Burney and Margery Kempe come to life on the walls, to share their stories with visitors.

Children can dress up in mayoral robes, and examine place settings of meals that Lynn’s mayors would have enjoyed in different eras of history- some more lavish than others.

The Treasury
The Treasury is a dark and dramatic space designed especially to display King’s Lynn’s historic artefacts. On display the King John Cup, a 14th-century drinking vessel, lavishly decorated in gilt and enamel; a very rare example of a secular medieval cup. It will be accompanied by the King John sword and silver maces; magnificent regalia still used to this day in King’s Lynn’s annual mayor-making.

Stocks on display in the Old Gaolhouse.

Stocks on display in the Old Gaolhouse.

The Old Gaol House
In the Old Gaol House visitors can learn of the town hall’s history as King’s Lynn’s magistrate’s court and gaol. Interactive exhibits in the restored gaol cells explore the lives, and deaths, of King’s Lynn’s most notorious citizens. Everyone will be intrigued by the story of one of Lynn’s residents; a school teacher and respected academic who was convicted of murder. Visitors can see his skull, and learn about the old-fashioned theory of phrenology. Young visitors can dress up as gaolers and prisoners, and examine a ducking-stool and leg irons.

The King’s Lynn Borough Archives
Stories of Lynn will house the King’s Lynn Borough Archives, one of the country’s finest borough archives. It contains documents dating back to the 13th Century; which includes King John’s royal charter of 1204, and continuing all the way to the 20th Century. The documents help to tell the story of Lynn as recorded in registers of freemen, accounts, minutes of the town’s governing body and court records, amongst many others. Taking pride of place in the archive is the Red Register, which dates from 1307, and is the oldest complete paper archival book in England.

Working with the Norfolk Record Office, a brand new environmentally-controlled document storage area has been created. Alongside this will be an archive resources room, equipped with a study area and computers. Visitors can use the resources room with the assistance of an expert archivist to view these wonderful documents, by appointment. Visitors can also view digitised versions of the documents on the computers, during and outside of the archive’s opening hours.

The Norfolk Record Office, in collaboration with the borough council, will provide staffing to the archive, along with thousands of digitised images from key documents.

Education and outreach
A programme of educational opportunities, including ‘ask the experts’ sessions, themed masterclasses and an outreach programme, will be developed by Stories of Lynn’s Learning and Engagement Officer, supported by the archivist.

A learning resource room for visiting school groups has been created, along with a changing exhibition space for in-house displays, learning and community work.

Access to the Town Hall
A new extension, housing lift and stairs, has been added to the rear of the Old Goal House providing easy access to the historic first floor building. The first floor contains the 15th-century Stone Hall, and the splendid Georgian Assembly Room and Card Room, which visitors to Stories of Lynn can explore on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Stories of Lynn - LogoStories of Lynn will be open seven days a week, from 10am to 4:30pm, with last admission at 4pm. Tickets will be £5 for adults and £3.50 for concessions and children. A family ticket for two adults and two children will be £13.50. School groups will be charged £4 a pupil for a half day, or £5 a pupil for a full day.

On Tuesdays and Sundays visitors to Stories of Lynn will also be able to visit the magnificent 15th-century Stone Hall, splendid Georgian Assembly Room and the Card Room.

On Sundays a special joint ticket is available giving visitors access to Stories of Lynn, Lynn Museum & the Custom House maritime exhibition. Tickets will be: Adults £7, Concessions £4.50, Child £4.50, Family £16.50.

King’s Lynn Borough Archives will be open Tuesday to Friday, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, with last admission at 4pm, and on the first Saturday in the month (excluding public holidays) from 10am to 2pm, with last admission at 1:30pm. There is no charge to visit the King’s Lynn Borough Archives.
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